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Grateful Dead Live at Dance Hall on 1967-09-03

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Grateful Dead Live at Dance Hall on 1967-09-03

Topics Live concert

Dancin' In The Streets, It Hurts Me Too, Cold Rain & Snow, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, Viola Lee Blues, Big Boss Man, Alligator; [Midnight Hour placement uncertain, *if* played this date- see comment]

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Dance Hall
Location Rio Nido, CA

Source Soundboard
Lineage RM > C > DAT > CD > EAC > SHN
Taped by
Transferred by Jon Miller


This tape is not a master, it's a 1st gen. It takes several minutes for the mix to come together in the beginning
"Schoolgirl" is cut @ 10:43.
"Viola Lee" is cut @ both ends.
The sound quality deteriorates towards the end of the "Alligator' jam.

"Midnight Hour" added to this seed by terrapinstation 04/14/2002. From the original mix - lineage: silver CD Bootleg>EAC>SHN via MKWACT. EAC log included.

Uploaded by Jon Miller; originally from a BUDD SHN vine.


Reviewer: Yades - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 1, 2016
Subject: Midnight Hour
I had a Maxell cassette (remember those?) in the early 80's with this version of Midnight Hour on it which I played until it wore out. If I could only pick one song of one show to have attended, this would be it. What a time this must have been, and a fine way to close out the Summer of Love.
Reviewer: FreeManR - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 31, 2013
Subject: Thank you!
I attended many Dead gigs in the Bay Area in 1966-68. This one in Rio Nido I missed; what a great musical experience! Thanks to all who made it possible to listen to this after all these years!
Reviewer: The Only Deadhead in Madrid? - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 9, 2013
Subject: Proto Dark Star Jam
For Dark Star fans the Dancin' in the Streets is a must listen- as another reviewer has said you can absolutely hear the essence of dark star starting to congeal in the middle of it. Absolutely mind blowing.
Reviewer: weironamissionfrombob - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 20, 2012
Subject: setlist
It seems that this set list for this show is pretty much spot on. They just recently played this show on gdradio and every song was played in this order with the exception of midnight hour belonging at the end of the set. Great to hear some 67, this show has the sound and exploration that seems to be growing and oozing into the unknown, it is incredible to listen to a show from about a year prior to this, and one a year later, you can hear how the development of their sound begins to take its shape in these years.
Reviewer: Quincy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 3, 2012
Subject: Alligataaah :) :) :)
Reviewer: InfinityOE - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 16, 2011
Subject: The Grateful Dead: Show #200
Happy 200! (since I couldn't say it for 100).

But there's no information to prove these songs don't apply to this date!.. That's my ancient alien theory. But seriously, I can't find anything suggesting this was the setlist for the night... Only In The Midnight Hour because Phil mentions it... Which is debatable as to where it stands within this slew of disorganized early Dead... Probably the closer since Pigpen raps (paraphrased) "just wanna tell you one more thing before I go" and at the beginning of Dancin', Phil talks about starting it... So, you be the judge.

Amazing Midnight Hour. I would kill for a chance to get up on stage and dance with Bobby! Viola Lee was high energy. Big Boss man... Awesome. And Elevator... I mean Alligator... Pigpen! I can almost hear Charlie Parker in there somewhere.
Reviewer: luvvdubz73 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 3, 2010
Subject: birth of dark star
these rio nido sessions gave birth to dark star. according to Robert Hunter, he'd write the first verse listening to the boys practice in the dance hall, which he could hear from his cabin. you can hear dark star in th eguitar solo during an otherwise rough version of dancin' in the streets....i mean you can REALLY hear it trying to come out...what an amazing piece of american pop culture history.
Reviewer: jmsyearwood97 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 19, 2010
Subject: Awesome show
I love the versions of Viola Lee and Dancin in the Streets! Perfect song for a Dance Hall
Reviewer: PatrioticCockroach - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 12, 2009
Subject: First Ever Mountain Jam?
Wikipedia says that Donovan's "First There is a Mountain" was released in August 1967. This show may be the first ever appearance of that riff in a jam by ANYONE... two years before the ABB started doing it.
Reviewer: timhorpo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 25, 2009
Subject: Bobby!!
Too true everyone seems to be applauding Pig for this one, but in my copy Bobby is really prominent in the mix, and he is really really good.....
Reviewer: JustAFloatingSage - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 10, 2009
Subject: Get on up a while...and dance
PigPen...births happiness in my soul...nice sloppy blues behind him...those slapping guitars and steady beat... taking me with them into a world where all pain stops...hypnotized

Yeah...the five stars are for this song alone
Reviewer: stonyloop - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 20, 2008
Subject: Viola
I really dig the Viola Lee Blues. It goes into so many different jams and seems to have matured than just the high energy jam that it was. You can almost see Dark Star jams in it. I think I hear a MLB jam in there too. Alligator is also awesome with high energy throughout and you can hear them itching to go into some other jam at the end and we see how this will become Caution. Midnight Hour goes without saying, just an awesome jam where they get lost in it and Pigpen is at his finest. A great show and I feel one of the best from '67. Crazy how in one year they've gone from short songs with an occasional freak out to this. I wish they would've done with Cream Puff War. Oh well, keep in mind you can find all these great shows for download at
Reviewer: redwinter - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 18, 2007
Subject: My Favorite
This has got to be the greatest unreleased Grateful Dead set even though Midnight Hour and Viola Lee have been released. I thought the only weak spot was Viola Lee Blues. It just doesn't seem to fit in well with the dreamy bluesy recording. Jerry is already in transcendant from with Dancing In The Streets and Midnight Hour. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl sounds more like a free form jam and not as tight as it would become in 68 and 69. The fade out at the end sounds like you're waking from a daydream on the Mississippi Delta. And the dreamy Alligator, the sole original here, is to die for. RIP, Pig Pen.
Reviewer: zeugma - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 13, 2007
Subject: midnight hour & viola lee blues
Actually, Phil says this MH is the longest version he could find, not the best...but this VLB - with the end intact as a bonus track on the 1st album re-release - is a monster. O to have been one of those fortunate '25 people at this Russian River resort over the '67 Labor Day weekend', to ride the cosmic bull and get whipped by his thats what I call a sunshine daydream.
Reviewer: HagarJr - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 18, 2007
Subject: Midnight Hour
This is the version of Midnight Hour that Phil Lesh states was the best performance ever of that song. He put it on his album "Fallout from the Phil Zone". Pigpen was really something.
Reviewer: Chris U. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 24, 2006
Subject: They never got rounder than this
Oh how I do love the sound of this recording the most plasticized analog sounds ever magnetized to tape, the velvet tongues of meastros Weir and Jerry truly intertwined for the first time (?) or perhaps the fifteenth ... certainly the number of tapes which captures this excercise in subconscious stimulation can be counted on one hand with no more than six fingers. Mr. McKernan does not disappoint (has he ever???) and the tale is ancient as the dehydrated rattle on a refugee snake lost in the High Mojave.

Johnny Garcia laid the seeds of a thousand bloomfields with his left hand and harvested them with his right. The thresher and the plow gorged the earth in parallel streams.
Reviewer: Keldrean - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 3, 2005
Subject: error with xml data
wont let me play or listen to a song, I skipped around trying different songs and miracusly only midnight hour played. And I enjoyed the whole 31 minutes. Pig's amazing, too bad becaude i was earning for that CR&S( my band has a 15min cover )..Is anyone else having problems and or how can I download this lovely set?
Reviewer: KindRainbowBrother - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 10, 2005
Subject: What a drippy, trippy funky groove
I remember this show really well because I actually gave Jerry a lift to the Dance Hall. I told him all I wanted was a really killer Midnight Hour. It's shows like these that are reason we LOVE this band. Stellar performance by every member. (Oh and I was one and half in Sept. 1967 so my driving was pretty bad)
Reviewer: DeadHead2525 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 26, 2005
Subject: Just a tip
If anyone would like to know, you can get this Viola Lee Blues without the end cut off on The Golden Road Box Set, or the 2003 reissue of their debut. I higly reccomend it because it really shreds.
Reviewer: t imk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 1, 2005
Subject: harmonica
what a great addition wish it wasnt lost in the later dead.. just that nice bluesy flow.. great to have in anyones collection.. love pig pen
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 22, 2005
Subject: Pig Pen fans this is for you...
Not sure where to start I was wondering what to say in reviewing this show for starters listen to this (I am right at the peak of the sizzling VLB jam where they go back into the lyrics) and then listen to some of the stuff from the winterland shows late in '74 - 2 diff bands, or two diff drugs jerry was on.... I am guessing this is crank because Cold Rain just rips, dancin, and midnight hour are all really hot. Sound quality is 3.5 but the jams are 4.5. These are all really long and fun to listen to.

This show also drives home the indescribable and undefinable role that Pig played in the band and how irreplaceable he was. Had he lived the 1972+ years would have been far different musically for starters there is no harmonica and at least a dozen songs he did like lovelight and midnight hour were dropped altogether, let alone alligator, good morning, big boss man. We share the same birthday and have always been a huge Pig fan part of the band died when he did.
Reviewer: phleshy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 12, 2005
Subject: The Midnight Hour is
worth the download of this show alone! Though this has been released on Fallout from the Phil Zone, I'm glad it's still available for free. Clocking in at 31:14, this jam is priceless early Dead. The improvisation at around the 12-14 minute mark is really dreamy and psychedelic and the Pig raps are very inspired. Though the sound quality on this song is rather hissy and degraded, it's certainly listenable and enjoyable.

The rest of the show is good '67, but it really sucks ass that Viola Lee is cut at both ends. It's a monster performance of this cut that most likely clocked in at nearly 30 minutes. Great jamming though, especially in Dancin, Schoolgirl, and an early Alligator (no segue into Caution yet).
Reviewer: dirty jev-o - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 11, 2004
Subject: a bit crunchy
little bit of distortion on this tape.......mix is a bit strange
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